The local football community is mourning the loss of 15-year-old Dylan Crossey who died in tragic circumstances on Friday night 7th October 2016.
Dylan was an enthusiastic, committed and talented member of Penwortham St Teresa’s U16 team. His desire to do well and his will to win have been evident since he was seven years old and he was a valued player, team mate and friend to everyone at the club.
Dylan's family have released the following statement: "Dylan was a much loved son and brother who loved nothing more than living life to its fullest. He was a gentleman and was growing into a fine young man. Dylan was an outstanding footballer and loved to watch his favourite team Preston North End both at home and away. Dylan was taken from us suddenly and without warning. He will be sadly missed by all his family and friends."
Club chairman David Tynan said, “It is in times like these that football brings the best out in people and the club has been overwhelmed by the support that all the clubs have shown along with all our affiliated leagues. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by this tragic event, I’m sure the league and member clubs will join us in offering our wholehearted support to the family and friends of Dylan at this difficult time”.
Penwortham St Teresa’s charity partner, Sutty's Shooting Stars, use the mantra "Giving young people the chance to shine" and this is also adopted by the football club. Dylan represented a fine example of a person who firmly took his chance to shine, in football and in life, and he will be sadly missed by us all.
The Central Lancashire Junior Football League sends its deepest condolences to Dylan’s family and friends and to everyone at Penwortham St Teresa’s JFC. We invite all our clubs and referees to observe a minute’s silence in Dylan’s memory before their games on Sunday 16 October 2016.
Link to Dylans book of condolence
A reunion to remember one of the best years in Preston’s local footballing history will take place later this year.
Former amateur players from exactly 50 years ago are set to gather at Bamber Bridge’s Sir Tom Finney Stadium on Friday, October 28. The ‘Boys of 66’ will commemorate the special occasion when they were crowned winners of the County Youth Cup.
Representing the Preston and District Football League, the youngsters emerged victorious over Wigan in the final. Aged around 17 or 18 back then, the players will now be in their late 60s. While that particular success will be commemorated, the reunion is open to all former players, referees and officials from that era and beyond.
It is being organised by well-known ex-local footballer and official Wilf Riley, who organised something similar last year to mark the 50th anniversary of the Catholic Junior Cup final in 1965 between English Martyrs Juniors and St Joseph’s Juniors.
As well as commemorating the County Cup victory, the former players will also be reminiscing about Preston North End’s famous 9-0 win over Cardiff during the same year along with the fifth round FA Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur. And of course, England’s World Cup success over West Germany is likely to drop into the conversation at some point.
“It should be a good night” said organiser Wilf Riley “The one we held last year was very well attended. There were more than 80 who came - lads who played from the 1960s and 1970s.”
Those attending the reunion are also likely to raise a glass to the Preston town team which won the English Schools’ Cup exactly 80 years ago. The schoolboys shared the trophy with West Ham after the final – which was played in front of several thousand fans – finished 1-1 at Upton Park. All proceeds from the reunion will be split between St Catherine’s Hospice and Preston Schools’ Football Association.
Tickets on the door cost only £5, which includes pie and peas supper and the event starts at 6-30pm.
Anyone who would like to sponsor the event or for further information on donations or attending the evening, please contact Wilf Riley on 01772 336257, write to him at 52 Moss Lane, Lostock Hall, PR5 5BT or you can e-mail him here.
Over the past few years we have experienced problems with late registrations causing disruption to the league format. In an attempt to try and drive an early structure being in place for the coming season, we have introduced the following process.
At the AGM all secretaries / representative were given Registration Books, these books contain 20 Registration Forms in Duplicate. These forms need to be completed and both copies need to be brought to a registration evening. Along with the forms Registration Cards were given out. These cards need to be completed with the correct details and the picture needs to be fixed in the position provided. DO NOT SEAL THE CARD.
On Tuesday 19th July you need to bring the completed Registration Forms and ID Cards to Lostock Hall St Gerrards from 730pm. Committee members will be on hand. The process will be. You will present your forms and ID Cards to a member of the Committee, they will check all information has been correctly entered, if everything is n order the forms and ID Cards will be signed, and at this stage the Committee Member will seal the ID Cards. Please be aware that the committee will not be amending any forms, if any are incorrect they will not be processed.
Once you have the required number of available registrations which is 11 for 11 a side and 9 for 9 a side, you can then proceed to the next stage which is where the players will be registered for Season 16/17, once this is done the process is complete and you are all set to go.
Please be aware of the deadlines on this process please
19th July is the official registration date for Season 16/17, ALL registrations should be done on this night
26th July, is the 2nd Registration Evening, but you are now a week late, and any teams registered on this night will be fined £25
2nd August is the final chance to register for the coming season, any teams registered on this night will be fined £25.
Please Note : ANY TEAM NOT REGISTERED BY 2nd AUGUST WILL NOT BE ENTERED INTO SEASON 16/17
The above are the only 3 dates that you can register for the coming season, please do not post Registration Forms to Committee during this period as they will not be processed, you must attend 1 of the above 3 dates to complete the process
Ivan Wowk who is a serving member of the CLJFL Committee and Frank Thompson who is the secretary of Gregson Lane, have been awarded their 30 year service awards by the LFA for sevices to Junior Football. A big Thank You from all involved with the CLJFL.